Amaz-One Update – Feb 2012
Note: This tutorial is outdated. And, at some point, my illustrations vanished from my WP files. This page is too old for me to bother locating one year+ old graphics to restore. The instructions are still good, but the pictures… I may get back to this, later, but not now.
The new (February 2012) WP Amaz-One update is a major update, so — if you were already using WP Amaz-One — you’ll replace the plugin, not simply upgrade it… if you want to update it, that is. I recommend reading all of my reviews and articles about Amaz-One, before making that decision. For many of my sites, I’m continuing to use the old version.
However, most people will want the newest version of Amaz-One.
Here’s how to do that. (You may want to print out these directions, to follow along as you update your WP Amaz-One plugin.)
If you’re not sure if you have the current WP Amaz-One, here’s what to look for:
On the right side of your posts panel, you should see various Amazon “buy now” buttons. They’ll look like the following screenshot.
If you don’t see those, also check in your Amaz-One > Create Campaign screen, just to be sure. First, click on “WP Amaz-One” in your main WP dashboard screen. It’ll look like the screenshot, below. (The name turns red on my dashboard when I hover the cursor over it.)
From there, click on “Create Campaign.” It’s indicated by the arrow in the next screenshot.
If you already have the updated Amaz-One (Feb 2012), your screen should include the Amazon button options, shown in the next screenshot.
If you don’t see those buttons, you have an older version of Amaz-One. The February 2012 update adds those buttons, a video option, and more.
Here are the steps to take to install your update:
First, in your WordPress dashboard, go to your Plugins panel. Deactivate and delete the old Amaz-One.
Then, go to Plugins > Add New .
Choose “Upload” in the next screen.
In the upload form, search your hard drive for the new Amaz-One zipped file. (Remember: All plugins must be in .zip format, before you can upload them.)
In the next screen, click to activate it.
Don’t worry! All the settings and posts should remain from the previous Amaz-One installation.
Finally, be sure to watch the new videos about this update.
You’ll find the tutorials links from your WordPress dashboard. First, click on “WP Amaz-One.” Then, click on “Tutorials.”
The next screenshot shows the list of video tutorials. Click on any one to watch it. There are lots of changes and improvements in this new version of Amaz-One, so be sure to watch the videos.
The most important one is Video #4, Creating a Campaign. Pay close attention around the 13 minute mark. That’s where you’ll discover why your posts look blank in the Visual/HTML screens, and how to edit your posts… if you want to.
If you click on that tutorial video link, you may see this. (It’s a screenshot from 15 Feb 2012.)
Don’t panic. At least as I’m writing this, you can still see the video at YouTube. (Link: http://youtu.be/qrMT8XlJOVU ) Either click on that link, or go to YouTube and search for “Lisa Gergets.” She has a series of how-to videos there.
Have a question or comment? Please leave them as comments. If you have questions, others will too. So, I’ll answer them here — in comments or as a new article — so everyone can discover the answers.